“The Colorado Energy Office has worked over the last three years to develop infrastructure to provide homeowners and buyers low-cost energy information at the point of purchase,” said Peter Rosin, residential program manager, Colorado Energy Office. “BPI’s partnership fills a quality assurance gap, helping to ensure homes throughout Colorado are properly rated for energy efficiency.”
BPI will act as the primary Department of Energy (DOE) Home Energy Score partner for Home Energy Score Assessor applicants within Colorado, process qualified candidates as BPI raters, and ensure quality assurance while supporting the efforts of the Colorado Energy Office to provide expanded rating services to the entire state of Colorado.
In return, the Colorado Energy Office will help facilitate BPI raters in the Colorado housing market by subsidizing the first 2,000 official Home Energy Scores submitted in Colorado, subsidizing the first 150 candidate applications, and promoting the program and the Home Energy Score to all of its consumer, home inspector, and stakeholder networks. DOE’s Home Energy Score is often compared to a vehicle’s miles-per-gallon rating, only for homes. This federally recognized asset score allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. The score is rated on a scale of one to 10. A 10 shows excellent energy performance and a one means the home needs serious energy improvements. Unlike other rating systems tied to a specific building code, the Home Energy Score evaluates homes based on their expected performance — even if they were built before building codes existed — and shows how they can improve their score with prioritized energy conservation measures. To become a BPI rater, candidates may fill out an application at www.bpi.org/rater.
Publication date: 12/15/2014